Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/08/12

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Subject: [Leica] Chaos
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 1999 02:50:25 EDT

I had the great pleasure of spending a day with Josef Koudelka in the spring. 
 We were in south Wales touring three of his one-man shows in Cardiff 
(together with Ian Berry and Bryn Campbell - two equally well known 
photographers).  Certainly wouldn't have known it was spring - poured with 
rain most of the day.

Koudelka is certainly a very committed photographer who I have great 
admiration for, as well as loving his work.   Take a look at his book 'Black 
Triangle' if you want to see panoramics, and 'Gypsies' for a taster of his 
other work.

I first saw the 'Black Triangle' exhibition in Prague where I bought the book 
of the show for about $18.   This is the original Czech version in a plain 
cheap brown card cover.   The book is concertina format and stretches (so 
Josef tells me) to about 18 metres in length.   He signed the book and tells 
me this book is now changing hands in the US for a lot of money.

Josef now splits his time between his homes in France and Italy, and does 
most of his work in monochrome, although he confesses the need to use colour 
if certain commercial clients dictate.   He, like us all, has to pay the 

Gerry (UK)